Wells Fargo Corporate Banking formed a Hotel Franchise Finance division to provide real estate financing to multi-unit owners and operators of franchised hotels in the select-service and extended-stay segments.

Leading this new division is Scott Andrews, a 17-year banking veteran of the hotel financing industry. Andrews, based in Scottsdale, AZ, will report to Nick Cole, head of the Restaurant Finance and Gaming division in Wells Fargo Corporate Banking. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Andrews ran the middle market Hotel Franchise Finance division at GE Capital Franchise Finance and its successor bank.

“With the launch of this newly-formed Hotel Franchise Finance division, and under the leadership of Scott, we look to build a best-in-class middle market hospitality lending division that meets the growing financial needs of hotel owners and operators nationwide,” Cole said. “This team will complement our already existing and highly successful Hospitality Finance Group within Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate to provide financial solutions to serve the broader hotel industry.”

The Hotel Franchise Finance division will provide middle market hotel owners and operators financial solutions, such as fixed- and floating-rate real estate secured term loans, treasury management, interest rate risk management, insurance, private banking, capital markets and advisory services as well as payroll services.